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Feds jail ginseng poacher as wild plants face risk

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:36

In this Aug. 21, 2014 photo Jim Corbin, a plant protection specialist with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, walks through the forest near Bryson City, N.C., looking for wild ginseng plants. The legal ginseng hunting season begins Sept. 16, and Corbin and his colleagues are spreading harmless yellow dye on the plant’s roots to discourage poachers. He says dealers are alerted not to buy plants with the dyed roots. But with wild ginseng root fetching upward of $900 a pound, untold numbers of poachers have taken to local forests. (AP Photo/Mitch Weiss)ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Broke and down on his luck, Billy Joe Hurley turned to the only way he knew how to make a living: poaching ginseng.


USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:11

FILE -This Sept. 30, 2011 file photo shows a collection of giant African land snails in Miami. The Giant African Snail eats buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders. The Department of Agriculture is trying to stop them. Since June, USDA has seized more than 1,200 of the large snails, also known as Giant African Land Snails, all of them traced back to one person in Georgia who was illegally selling them. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.


Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:05

In this photo from Aug. 14, 2014, John Wirtz, Chief Product Officer of Hudl, speaks of his company's product in Lincoln, Neb. Hudl is a software company that has developed a way to immediately get game film to coaches after games and break down and separate different plays by type. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone.


Dozens of planes grounded in German pilot strike

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:41

Aircraft of German carrier Germanwings are grounded at the airport in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday morning, Aug. 29, 2014. Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits. Germanwings, a subsidiary of Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa, said up to 15,000 passengers were affected by Friday's strike which started at 6 a.m. and was to last until noon local time (0400-1000 GMT). (AP Photo/dpa, Bodo Marks)BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.


Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:24
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of an overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.

Cops: Angry passenger attacks worker at LaGuardia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:54
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say an angry passenger punched and kicked an airline employee while looking for his bag at New York's LaGuardia Airport.

In Texas, big school finance questions remain

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:04
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Pumping an extra $3.4 billion into Texas public schools didn't convince a judge that the state is adequately funding classrooms. But how much more money it will take — and how those funds should be divvied up — isn't likely to get sorted anytime soon.

Missing Montana college student found dead in Idaho mountains

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:59
By Laura Zuckerman SALMON Idaho (Reuters) - A Montana college student whose disappearance prompted a search by hundreds of police and volunteers was found dead from injuries sustained in a car accident in the mountains of central Idaho, authorities said late on Thursday. The body of Lucius Robbi, 21, of Orleans, California, was found in his 1997 Subaru near the remote resort town of Stanley, according to Boise County Sheriff Ben Roeber. Robbi vanished after he set off on Aug. 19 for the University of Montana campus in Missoula from Horseshoe Bend, Idaho, where he had worked as a guide for a second summer at a company that offers trips on the Payette River. Search efforts aided by an online campaign tied to a Facebook page called "Finding Lucius" drew hundreds to hunt for Robbi and his Subaru, with two orange kayaks strapped to its roof, across vast stretches of mountainous terrain in Idaho and Montana.

Suds, faith found at California laundromat

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:55

In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, people sift through donated food before doing their laundry for free at a laundromat during a Laundry Love event in Huntington Beach, Calif. Laundry Love is a growing faith-driven movement that helps people change their lives by letting them change into clean clothes. The organization partners with local laundromats and helps those who are homeless or struggling financially by doing their laundry for free. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Over the long months that Victoria Mitchell lived in her car with her infant daughter, there was one bright spot in her life: doing laundry.


Gun tourism grows in popularity in recent years

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:45
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The death of an Arizona firearms instructor by a 9-year-old girl who was firing a fully automatic Uzi displayed a tragic side of what has become a hot industry in the U.S.: gun tourism.

Miley Cyrus' date turns self in, posts bail

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:30

FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 file photo, Miley Cyrus, left, stands with Jesse Helt holding her award at the MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night Aug. 28, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, file)PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.


Autopsy doesn't say why Oklahoma inmate writhed

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:28

FILE - This June 29, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett. An autopsy report on Lockett's problematic execution in Oklahoma shows lethal drugs caused him to die, not a heart attack, after the state's prisons chief halted efforts to kill him. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections, File)OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An autopsy on an Oklahoma inmate who died after his troubled execution was halted concluded that he was killed by the lethal drugs, but it doesn't explain why he writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after the process began.


High school buddies followed similar path to jihad

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:16

This 2005 photo released by the Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office shows Troy Kastigar. Officials have said that Kastigar, a friend of Douglas McAuthur McCain, was killed in Somalia in September 2009 while fighting with the terror group al-Shabab. In August 2014, U.S. officials confirmed that the 33-year-old McCain was killed in Syria while fighting with the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office)MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two high school buddies loved to shoot hoops and crack jokes with their friends. They both converted to Islam in early adulthood. And both were recruited by terror groups to leave the United States and die for jihadist causes.


APNewsBreak: Buffett heir buys Rosa Parks archive

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:11

Rosa ParksDETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of items that belonged to civil rights icon Rosa Parks and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse were sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett, the younger Buffett said Thursday.


FEMA denies Hawaii's post-storm disaster request

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:03
HONOLULU (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Thursday denied Hawaii's request for a major disaster declaration after Tropical Storm Iselle.

Detroit bankruptcy judge tosses hold-out creditor's charges

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:01

A man walk past graffiti in DetroitBankruptcy Court judge late on Thursday removed allegations made by one of Detroit's remaining hold-out creditors against mediators in the city's historic municipal bankruptcy case. Judge Steven Rhodes chastised Syncora Guarantee Inc for claiming in an Aug. 12 court filing that mediators, Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen and attorney Eugene Driker, are biased. James H.M. Sprayregen, an attorney at Kirkland & Ellis representing Syncora said they "respectfully disagree with Judge Rhodes." "We still have concerns about the fairness of the mediation process," he said in a statement.


Pilot of crashed U.S. fighter plane found dead in Virginia

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:54
The pilot of a Massachusetts Air National Guard F-15C fighter that crashed in mountainous western Virginia was found dead on Thursday, officials said. The plane went down on Wednesday in the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests about 100 miles (160 km) southwest of Washington, sending up a thick plume of smoke. More than 100 police and rescue personnel searched the rugged area, backed by helicopters and other aircraft, Massachusetts' Barnes Air National Guard Base said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and we are doing all we can to support them during this very difficult time," Col. James Keefe, Commander, 104th Fighter Wing, said in a statement.

No criminal charges in fatal gun range shooting by nine-year-old girl

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:50

Shooting instructor Charles Vacca stands next to a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop shooting range in White HillsBy Alexia Shurmur WHITE HILLS Ariz. (Reuters) - County law enforcement officials in Arizona said on Thursday no criminal charges are pending after a probe into a gun range incident in which a 9-year-old girl fatally shot her instructor with an Uzi, adding it was "being viewed as an industrial accident." But state occupational health and safety officials were conducting their own probe of the Monday morning incident that was captured on video at a gun range that caters in part to tourists visiting nearby Las Vegas. The shooting at the Arizona Last Stop in White Hills, near the Nevada border, has touched off debate over shooting ranges offering machine guns to casual visitors and the wisdom of giving children access to high-powered firearms.


Southern California gets more waves as storm eases

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:49

Davin Galinto, left, and Dorian Ortloff recoil from a wave crashing against the board way on the Peninsula in Long Beach, Calif. during high tide on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Hurricane Marie in the Pacific Ocean west of Mexico has caused higher than normal surf along the Southern California coast Wednesday. (AP Photo/Orange County Register, Jeff Gritchen)LOS ANGELES (AP) — High surf generated by a former hurricane in the eastern Pacific rolled onto Southern California beaches again Thursday, showing signs of diminishing but still bringing warnings of possible property damage and dangerous rip currents.


NFL's Goodell: Players subject to 6-week suspension for 1st domestic violence offense

Yahoo! National News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 11:26

 Players subject to 6-week suspension for 1st domestic violence offenseNFL players will be subject to a six-week suspension for a first domestic violence offense and banishment from the league for a second under a new policy outlined by Commissioner Roger Goodell.